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Aberdeen Cyrenians Criminal Justice Outreach Support Service

Last updated: 10th July 2024

Type of service:



The service has the following aims: to contribute to community safety by providing a Community Justice outreach service that will reduce reoffending, to assist supported persons towards positive and ‘offence free’ independent living in the community. The service will contribute to the management of offenders and the promotion of community safety and public protection through: delivering services to supported persons as identified through risk/needs assessment and management process, supporting individuals to prepare for, access and maintain mainstream accommodation, supporting individuals with resettlement and promoting community integration as appropriate, supporting individuals to comply with statutory orders. We support a wide range of statutory and voluntary referrals where we take guidance from Criminal Justice Social Work to prioritise. This includes those on licence, under Sexual Harm Prevention Order, Non Harassment Orders, Restriction of Liberty Orders, Supervisory Release Orders, Community Payback Orders and Life Licence among others.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • Middle-aged adult (36-55), Older adult (56 and older), Young adult (18-35)

Assessment/referral process:

  • Social work

Referrals to the service will come from the Senior Social Worker (Throughcare) or other Criminal Justice Social Work manager. Once the referral to the service has been accepted by the Service Provider the Senior Social Worker (Throughcare) will assess the Supported Person’ priority. Individuals will be referred to the service who are: subject to supervision from, and approved for referral by, the Criminal Justice Social Work Service; subject to statutory supervision from the court e.g. Community Payback Order, Supervised Release Order; released from prison on statutory license, e.g. Parole/Non-parole license, Life License, Supervised Release Order, Extended Sentence, Short Sex Offender License; released from prison without statutory supervision but have a statutory entitlement to Voluntary Aftercare for 12 months post release.

Further Information:

The service shall provide Criminal Justice Outreach Support for individuals who need assistance with re-settling into the community. Levels of support will vary depending on individual needs and risk levels but will initially be a minimum of one weekly session once in the community. Support is designed to enable supported persons to develop skills for independent living. The service is aimed at those aged 16 or older who have a live connection with Aberdeen city. Priority will be given to supported persons who have served a custodial sentence and are subject to Release license or court mandated supervision or eligible for voluntary aftercare following release from prison within the last 12 months. Those subject to Community Payback Orders and who are assessed as having higher risks/needs may also be referred.